Before I get started, I want to mention that I am not sponsored by either Silhouette or Cricut. So, in the spirit of full disclosure, I’m telling you that I got both machines for free. My Silhouette Cameo and my Cricut Explore were given to me for free to use. But as always all opinions are 100% my own. I think that if I had paid $300 for one machine and had gotten another for free, my opinion could have been skewed because of the cost, but since my machines were sent to me without cost, I believe this gives me an advantage to review them both from a neutral point of view.
One year ago almost exactly I wrote a post explaining the pros and cons between the Cricut Explore and the Silhouette CAMEO. I think its important to revisit opinions like these because let’s be honest, time matters, and after a year has gone by, I have definitely changed my mind. AND, instead of pretending that I’m a perfect person who never makes a mistake, I decided I would announce it to the world. I’m crazy like that apparently.
Guys, here’s the honest to goodness truth: I never use my Cricut Explore. I feel guilty because I said it cut better than the Silhouette in my last discussion. But, honestly I never use it. I haven’t used it in over 6 months. In fact, the last time I got it out to use it, I promptly put it back in the closet and got out my Silhouette.
So, I must not think it is THAT much of a difference because I find myself using my Silhouette ALL THE TIME, and I never us my Cricut Explore.
You must be wondering why I wouldn’t use a machine that I told you cut so well in a previous post. Well, it comes down to three main reasons:
1. You can cut longer than 24 inches with a Silhouette.
2. The Silhouette software is easier for me.
3. You don’t have to be connected to the Internet to design with the Silhouette Software and you do with Cricut’s.
Over the last year, I have gotten a new Silhouette CAMEO, and it cuts like a dream. I’ve used it a ton lately, and I just can’t bring myself to use the Cricut when the Silhouette does everything that I want and need it to do with ease.
I came to this conclusion the other day because my friend from my kids’ elementary school said to me, “I bought a Cricut to use in the Library. I’m going to cut a quote for the wall!” She was so excited. We had talked about the wall a few times in the past, and I knew exactly what she was talking about. The wall is about 8 feet long. The Cricut can only cut 24 inches at a time. My heart fell. I knew she had bought the Cricut because I had told her to, and I knew I had led her astray. I promptly told her that for cutting long quotes in vinyl, a Silhouette would be a better tool and that I would be happy to cut the quote for her.
Guys. I am sorry. I know there may be more of you out there that bought the Cricut and could be disappointed in this post. But, I need to be honest. I do not use it. I use my Silhouette all the time.
My latest two projects that I used the Silhouette for:
I hope you will forgive me, and please know that I will always be honest about products when I talk about them here on All Things Thrifty. I try hard to prevent work for you. That’s why I blog. I try things. I do things. If they don’t work out, I blog about it. If I don’t like it, I blog about it. I want to save you time and heartache! So hopefully you will appreciate my honesty.